Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump

Hey there, it’s time for a new Home Exercise of the Week!  This week I have an advanced exercise that is quite challenging called the Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump.  

The Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump is an awesome lower body exercise that will tone and build muscle in your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.  It will build significant single leg strength and stability and offers a variety of coordination, mobility, and flexibility benefits.  You will also be working your fast-twitch muscle fibres in the jumping portion of this exercise which will build power and strength as well adding a cardiovascular component to the movement.

If you don’t have an equalizer bar then you can use a bench if you have one or a sturdy chair.

Let’s take a look at the key performance points of the exercise.

  • get in to a lunge position with the top of your back foot elevated and resting on top of the bar, bench, or chair
  • make sure your lunge isn’t too wide so you aren’t arching your back or leaning forward too much
  • lower your body straight down until your front leg is at a 90 degree angle while keeping your upper body as upright as possible
  • keep your weight on your front heel as you lower your body
  • make sure your front knee is in line with your front foot and don’t let it shoot forward past your toes
  • from this bottom position of the lunge, push up through your front heel and jump up in the air as high as you can while maintaining your balance with your other foot on the bar (it is very hard to maintain your balance so as a beginner modification you can do this exercise close to a wall or counter at home…this will give you something to grab a hold of to steady yourself)
  • try to land back down from the jump in to the same foot position to maintain proper form (you may need to adjust your foot position before jumping again)
  • repeat the movement for your desired amount of reps or time and then switch legs and repeat

So there you have the Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump.  You’re going to feel your legs burning, your heart will be pumping, and the sweat will be pouring!  Start slowly with this one and with something to hold on to if needed.  You can also regress this exercise by taking the jump out of it and just doing a lunge.  As you get used to the exercise and more comfortable with it then you can add the jump to get a more intense cardiovascular component and to work those fast-twitch muscle fibres. 

Let me know how you do with this one or if you have any questions.  Or if you just want to curse me for giving you another crazy exercise to do, that’s ok too! 😉

Have fun and I’ll see you next week with another new exercise!

Quick Core Workout

Hey everyone!  It’s Home Workout of the Week time and this week I have a Quick Core Workout for you to try.

manwomanYour core is very important to increase balance, posture, and back health especially if you have a job that involves a lot of sitting.  On top of the added health benefits, if you reduce your body fat enough you can get that sexy 6 pack look that a focused core workout routine can develop!

This Quick Core Workout is great if you don’t have a lot of time as there are only 10 exercise with 1 set of each so with little to no rest in between you should be able to finish this up in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Some of the exercises involve raising your legs up and down off the floor so if you feel any back pain at all please refrain from lowering your legs too close to the floor or discontinue and move on to the next exercise.

Give it a shot and feel the abs burn!

Quick Core Workout

1 set of each exercise with little to no rest between

Full Body Tabata Workout 3

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!  It’s 2014 and this year has been off to a very cold start.  We are in a deep freeze and I’m sure many of you would rather stay in your warm home than go out in the freezing cold.  To help you stay warm at home and kick off 2014 on the right foot, here is a Full Body Tabata Workout for you to try for this weeks Home Workout of the Week!

It’s an intense workout packed with plenty of plyometric and core exercises that will get you sweating in no time!

Leave a comment and let me know how you do!

Full Body Tabata Workout 3

Tabata Protocol – 20 seconds of as many reps as you can do followed by 10 seconds of rest; 4 rounds of each pair of exercises followed by a 1 minute rest before moving on to the next pair of exercises

Warm-Up

  • 10 Spinal Rotations for each side
  • 10 Shoulder Circles for each arm
  • 12 Body weight Squats
  • 10 Pushups
  • 12 Spiderman Climbs
  • 30 seconds of Jumping Jacks

Tabata 1

Tabata 2

Tabata 3

Tabata 4

Tabata 5

Tabata 6

Upper Body/Core Workout

Hey everyone!  It’s Home Workout of the Week time and I have an Upper Body/Core workout for you to try this weekend.

Remember, if you have trouble remembering what the exercises are you can click on the name of the exercise and you will be taken to a page with a video demonstration of the exercise.  Some of the exercises use dumbbells but if you don’t have any then you can use any weighted household object that is easy to hang on to.  Water bottles and soup cans are good items to use for example.

Work hard and get those muscles burning!  Leave a comment on the blog letting me know how you did.

Happy training!

Upper Body/Core Workout

Warm-Up

  • 30 seconds of Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Spinal Rotations for each side
  • 10 Shoulder Circles for each arm
  • 10 Pushups
  • 12 Spiderman Climbs

Circuit

Rest for 60 to 90 seconds then repeat the circuit 2 more times.

Core

Full Body Tabata Workout 2

It’s Home Workout of the Week time again!  We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving this past weekend here in Canada so for many of you that means a little over indulging in turkey dinners and pumpkin pie!  So to help you burn some of those excess calories consumed over the weekend I have another Full Body Tabata Workout for you to try.

This Full Body Tabata Workout has a little bit of a different structure than the last one.  Instead of 8 rounds of 5 pairs of exercises there are 5 rounds of 8 pairs of exercises.  This will give you more variety and work the muscles even more!

Give it a shot and let me know how you do!

Full Body Tabata Workout 2

Tabata Protocol – 20 seconds of as many reps as you can do followed by 10 seconds of rest; 5 rounds of each pair of exercises followed by a 1 minute rest before moving on to the next pair of exercises

Warm-Up

  • 30 seconds of Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Spinal Rotations for each side
  • 10 Shoulder Circles for each arm
  • 10 Pushups
  • 12 Spiderman Climbs

Tabata 1

Tabata 2

Tabata 3

Tabata 4

Tabata 5

Tabata 6

Tabata 7

Tabata 8